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* "Noted for her fantasy and science fiction for adults, Hopkinson jumps triumphantly to teen literature. . . . Rich in voice, humor and dazzling imagery, studded with edgy ideas and wildly original, this multicultural mashup—like its heroine—defies category."--Kirkus Reviews, *STARRED

* "Mixing mythology and massively ­surreal events, adult fantasy author Hop­kinson (The Salt Roads) explores questions of identity and image in her YA debut, set against the backdrop of a world gone mad. . . . Hopkinson’s use of language and imagery is almost magical, and her characters add much-appreciated diversity to the genre."--Publishers Weekly, *STAR

* "Hopkinson, who grew up in the Caribbean, mixes Jamaican legends, fairy tales, and sheer imagination to create this wildly inventive story that also skillfully addresses essential teen subjects: change, race, identity, love, and understanding cultural differences. Labels are impossible here, so just hand this refreshingly original treat to teens eager for something completely different."--Booklist, *STAR

"[Scotch] proves to be a compelling anchor for a tale in which, for a while at least, it seems that literally anything can happen. Hopkinson’s joy of invention is palpable, and despite its darker edges, it’s that joy in the possibilities of the imagination that I hope comes through to younger readers. Come to think of it, we could all use a dose of it."--Locus

About the Author

Nalo Hopkinson is the award-winning author of numerous novels and short stories for adults. Nalo grew up in Jamaica, Trinidad, and Guyana before moving to Canada when she was sixteen. The Chaos is her first young adult novel. Visit her at NaloHopkinson.com.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books; First Edition edition (April 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416954880
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416954880
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,090,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I literally have no idea what I just read. But, wow! It was quite a ride! The morality is horrid, but the story was so bizarre that it was worth the reading. Wish there had been a resolution. Or an explanation. But I guess that would have been asking too much.
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I enjoyed this book a lot, which is sort of strange considering I don't normally like the chaotic and anything-goes sort of world. I found Scotch engaging enough that I liked watching all this happen through her eyes. The book is somewhat slow to get to the Chaos, but I enjoyed glimpsing Scotch's life as a story in itself.

This is a tough book to describe without giving things away, but it was well written, inclusive in a way that most books in these genres are not, and enjoyable to read.
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I really enjoyed this book. I read it during my lunch hours and every time I had to stop reading it killed me. Not just because I had to go back to work, but because I was always having to stop at an exciting moment, dying to know what came next. I'm above the age range for a young adult book but this book really holds up.
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I am a big fan of Nalo Hopkinson! While this wasn't my favorite of her works I still enjoyed it. I finished it in One night. The world she created was absolutely crazy and captivating, every page was anxiously waiting to see what else was going to spring up. I liked the main character Sojouner aka Scotch, you see her trying to find herself while also trying to ensure that she isn't bullied again. Amidst all of her identity struggles she's battling an unknown skin condition and "hallucinations". Nalo Hopkinson manages to brilliantly blend together teenage angst and drama with a world in absolute chaos and some folk lore. I enjoyed it, I wished that it was a little longer but overall an enjoyable story.
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